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3. They’re short films, none clocking in over 15 minutes. Short, sweet and distilled to their crucial elements. (And if you hate it, it’ll be over soon.)
2. You can spend $9 to see a) Rachel Bilson traipsing around with pouty face in Waiting for Forever or b) ten shorts utilizing puppetry, animation and special effects.
1. I didn’t see Star Wars until I was 18. I confuse Captain Kirk with Picard with Mr. Clean. Science fiction is clearly not my genre of choice but there’s a reason the festival sold out its first screenings. There’s Denmark, the WALL-E-esque story of a crustacean escaping a polluted earth, visually stunning animated short The Wonder Hospital and Zero, which incited the same feelings as a YouTube’d kitten video. Sci-fi and fantasy don’t necessarily mean space wars, aliens, and fake tech jibberish; if you’ve ever enjoyed a Michel Gondry movie, you’re a science fiction fan. Welcome to the club. Initiation is high noon Sunday, with tickets available here.
SIFF Cinema at the Nesholm Family Lecture Hall at McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer Street, Seattle Center